The month of November is when fall truly seems to arrive in the Lowcountry: the temperatures are cooler; yellow, red, and orange hues decorate the trees; and the afternoon sunlight bids farewell a little earlier. While driving around Kiawah the past couple weeks approaching Thanksgiving, we have been especially struck with the peacefulness of the twilight moments. The moments that remind us that no matter how busy or tiring the day was, we will soon be home with loved ones. We are able to experience spectacular Island sunsets over the marsh and beach, again and again. We are thankful for these reminders, as well as many other things.
Not only are we celebrating Thanksgiving with loved ones this week, we are also celebrating the grand opening of Ocean Park's brand new park. Our landscape team has been hard at work the past several weeks, and we have watched in awe and excitement as they have transformed this piece of land from a jungle reminiscent of the Lost World into a breathtaking, inviting park. And now the anticipation of all our dreams for the park—throwing Frisbees, going for a jog, picnicking beneath the live oaks—are finally about to come to fruition.
You may have noticed signs of the season popping up around Kiawah and Charleston the past couple weeks: holiday lights, wreaths showing up on doors, a holiday party invitation appearing in your mailbox, or the beautiful garland adorning the Kiawah Island sign at our entrance. The holiday season is upon us! We know the next few weeks tend to fly by in a blur of colored lights and songs; so to make things easy, we've compiled a list of a few local events that we feel will help make this season even more joyous for you and your family.
William Morris, leader in the Arts and Crafts movement, once wrote: "The true secret to happiness lies in taking genuine interest in all the details of daily life." And that is exactly what envelopes and defines Cassique on Kiawah. Cassique is a vibrant neighborhood that invites residents to escape the pressures of everyday obligations, slow down, and truly appreciate a simpler life. This simpler life looks like riding your bike to the grocery store, or waving to your neighbor as you walk your child in the stroller. The new, soon-to-be-released Cassique Garden Cottages offer a desirable variety and quality—beckoning you to partake in the finer things in life without sacrificing precious simplicity.
It has been a celebratory past couple weeks for Kiawah Island and our neighboring city, Charleston! Kiawah was named the fourth best island in the world by Condé Nast's Readers' Choice Awards; and Charleston was named the top city in the United States. Of course we're slightly biased, but we'd have to say we think Kiawah and Charleston make quite the dream team. We feel very fortunate to be a mere 30-minute drive from such a cultural and culinary mecca. Living on Kiawah lets you indulge occasionally in what city life offers, but still come home to the peaceful seclusion of our special Island. Enjoy this month's picks of Kiawah Island Real Estate's Distinctive Properties, and choose which one you'd like to become your escape.
This weekend's forecast looks good on Kiawah and the surrounding community, so make plans to come out and play! Here's our roundup of local events you don't want to miss.
As the final quarter of 2013 begins, we look back on what has been an outstanding year thus far, not only for Kiawah Island Real Estate (KIRE), but also the national luxury real estate market. The reputable real estate blog Curbed—which covers major U.S. luxury markets such as New York, Cape Cod, The Hamptons, DC, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles—announces that "2013 Officially unseats 2007 as Luxury Real Estate Boom Year." The Wall Street Journal published an article at the end of September reporting that, of all the real estate deals in the Manhattan market that have gone into contract through the first nine months of this year, $8 billion of the total sales were made up of $4-million-plus sales.
With the fall season upon us, we have barely had a chance to catch our breath and reflect on our busy summer. Suffice it to say, it has been a full summer for Kiawah Island Real Estate (KIRE), with 24 new sales in August alone. As the overall market continued to show signs of improvement this summer, with various shifts occurring, KIRE saw what could be described as a series of "flurries" in sales activity regarding different homesite locations. With Kiawah's real estate inventory speedily decreasing, we observed a flurry of oceanfront sales for a few weeks this summer, and, once that inventory dwindled, a flurry of oceanside sales, moving onto a flurry of Ocean Park sales most recently.
This Photo Friday, we invite you to lose yourself for a few moments in the spectacular beauty of Ocean Park. Or perhaps Ocean Park is where you find yourself. Either way, please enjoy these photos our photographer Patrick shot of Kiawah Island Real Estate's breathtaking new neighborhood.
As we move into fall, we look forward to a busy selling season! Although our inventory has been decreasing, we are still excited to share with you this month's stellar selection of Distinctive Properties. The Kiawah Island Real Estate (KIRE) sales executives choose these properties specifically, and then discuss among themselves the very best to feature in our monthly series. Enjoy browsing this month's Distinctive Properties, and if one of them peaks your interest, please give us a call. With all the recent activity, it may not be here next month!